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Breaking Dawn as two-part movie -- a bad decision

Breaking Dawn as two-part movie -- a bad decision

It's official: "Breaking Dawn," the final installment of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series will be adapted for the big screen -- but as TWO movies, not one. The first part of Breaking Dawn is scheduled for release on November 18, 2011, says distributor Summit Entertainment, according to Reuters. There is no release date for part two.

The decision has been hinted at, as studio execs noted the complexity of the 756-page book. I think that's bull. Maybe the two-parter is a financial decision -- a way to parse out the Twilight saga for more millions of dollars (as if Meyer and the others connected to the franchise needed that). But certainly if the Harry Potter books can be adapted, if Doctor Zhivago and Les Miserables can be adapted, so can Breaking Dawn.

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I know that die-hard fans will want every word, every phrase of Meyer's prose included in the movie -- just witness the vitriol that followed the adaptation of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." But that limits an adaptation to a simple formula: take book, add handsome actors and special effects. I'd rather challenge the director to develop a fresh, compelling interpretaton of the book. Give us more creative spark, not just the same thing in a different package. If fans want the comprehensive story, they always can re-read the book.

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